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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

Two charities in the Chattahoochee Valley gave away a combined total of over 200 bicycles to underprivileged families Saturday and celebrity singer, LaTocha Scott, was a part of the cause.

A church in Phenix City gave away over 50 brand new bicycles to children from low income families.  Greater Grace Ministries organized the event at the Frederick Douglass Apartments this afternoon. 

The donations ensure that a lot more kids will have a smile on their face this holiday season.  Many people and businesses in the community gave money to the cause, including Taylor Funeral Home and Perfect Cut Barber Shop. 

The leader of the church said he understands what the children in this neighborhood are going through.

"It means a lot to them and it definitely means a lot to us, because we want to give back.  I was raised here in Frederick Douglass as a kid and I know how it is to wake up with just one toy.  I wanted to come back and overdo it, so that's what we did," said Felix Hill, bishop of Greater Grace Ministries.

"It's about people, and when you see a group of people get together to do this, it always sends a positive message," said Phenix City mayor, Eddie Lowe.

Children in the neighborhood were given raffle tickets at the beginning of the event and the ones with winning numbers received a free bicycle.  The children were separated into two age groups to make sure they received the right size bike. 

And also in Phenix City, the Pavilion hosted a concert to benefit Chester Jackson's bicycle giveaway.  We reported last month that burglars targeted his Columbus charity and stole many of the bicycles that he was fixing for children. 

Despite the crime, Jackson surpassed his original goal.  He succeeded in repairing and distributing 167 bicycles donated by the community.  Some of them were given away at the concert. 

The concert's headline was LaTocha Scott, a singer formerly part of the group, Xscape.  She is currently taping a reality television show with VH1 and is releasing a new album called "Truth in the Booth."

"We wanted to make sure that we came for the community to be able to give kids bikes.  A lot of times people are underprivileged and I just feel like giving back is something that is very important.  I just remember being in church and we would always feed the hungry and do stuff in the community and I don't ever want that to stop.  I feel that if all of us come together, the children will be really happy about having the bikes," said Scott.

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